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Samuel Earl Laundon

February 21, 2001October 10, 2020
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Sam’s short time with us was a life well lived. He put in the work and excelled, whether it was academics, sports, or just life. He was calm, thoughtful, and a great observer of life. Sam made lifelong friends from high school at Enloe to his new life at University of South Carolina. Everyone that Sam touched is better because of him. If you were lucky enough to have him as a friend, you were lucky enough; he was a loyal and kind friend. He loved his dog Jackson for 15 years and they are happy to see each other again. Sam leaves behind his two best friends, his brothers, Thomas Laundon and Rob Laundon. They were fortunate to have strengthened their friendship and love for each other as they all grew into fine young men. But luckier still are his parents, Bill Laundon and Chris McDowell who had the privilege of nurturing his spirit and seeing him become the light that he has been to so many. Grieving his loss are his heartbroken parents, Bill Laundon and Chris McDowell and Peter McDowell; brothers, Thomas and Rob; his grandparents, Shay and Irene Campbell; along with the most supportive extended family anyone could ask for cousins, Katie, Beth, Russell, Kregg, Will, Jackie, Danielle, Emilee; steps Cori, Sarah, Christopher, William, and Erin; the best aunts and uncles Steve and Wendy Boe, Betsy Esch, Bob and Terri Laundon, Tom and Carol Laundon, and give-them-chocolate-bunnies-for-Easter-breakfast Aunt Nancy Laundon, have always been supportive and made an impact on Sam’s life.

We will never be the same as we were before this loss, but are ever so much better for having known Sam. He lives on in each of us through our happy memories of his quick smile, humility and kindness to others.

A celebration of Sam’s life will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Family will receive friends and guests from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a service to immediately follow at 3:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Apex Funeral Home in Apex, NC. The service can be seen streaming live on their Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to a memorial scholarship established in Sam’s name to assist students attending the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC. https://giving.sc.edu/Sam-Laundon

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Alexia Ray

October 18, 2020

I knew Sam since freshman year at Enloe. He was such a funny and sincere guy. I was devastated to hear the news of his passing. It seems like we were just in Civics and Economics during 5th period. I send my condolences to the family and will continue to keep y’all in my prayers. Sam will forever be missed. (Attached is a picture of us at Charity Ball, Dec. 2016)

Jenyffer Chaver

October 18, 2020

To Sam’s family,

Although I didn’t know your beloved Sam personally, my daughter is a Freshman at USC and I have been praying for Sam since I heard the news. My heart goes out to you and sending you lots of strength during this time. You have a lovely family and I know Sam is watching over all of you from above. My deepest condolences and may his memories live in your hearts forever!

Marie Sciabarassi

October 18, 2020

Our most heartfelt condolences to all of you for your loss. Sam will be missed terribly but remembered so fondly by all who knew him. We pray that you find strength in one another and find comfort in the knowledge that he is with his grandparents and that one day you will all be reunited.
With love,
Al ,Marie, Angelo, &Michael

Katie Laundon

October 18, 2020

Sam's great heart and spirit well represented by his wonderful smile. One of the many things that impressed me about him was how patient and playful he was with our next generation...as a 10 year old entertaining my 2 year olds on a play ground, or a couple years later dancing late into the night with them at Kregg's wedding or as an 18 year old on the beach and at the dunes with numerous cousins under the age of 9. As one bookend of our generation, I am heartbroken to lose the other first...
Scott, Jordan, Taylor and I are longing for the day when we can grieve with our family in person. Thoughts and hearts with you now.

Beth Laundon Rakouskas

October 18, 2020

Beth Laundon Rakouskas

October 18, 2020

Beth Laundon Rakouskas

October 18, 2020

Bill, Chris, Thomas, and Rob,
It's so hard to find the words. Kurt and I are thankful we had the chance to hang out with Sam at Laundon family Christmases, during your visits to D.C., and more recently, several times at the beach in Corolla. Sam was so wonderful with Nate and Erik. We love you all very much. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

Andy Flint

October 18, 2020

I was so sad to see the news about Sam on Facebook. I know through Katie and Beth how close a family all of the Laundons are and realize how tough this must be for all of you. Deepest condolences from Julie and myself, Drew, Tyler and Jake.

Franklin Jefferies

October 18, 2020

Dear Family,

I send prayers and ask God to strengthen you for the days ahead. I did not know your son but feel the commonality of loss in hearing about his passing. I graduated from Carolina and married a beautiful nurse from NC (Raleigh) that forever seals my connection to NC. My wife and I lost a son 6 years ago on October 10. We are wedded to that loss but still hold to God' s hands and trust in His perfect will in our lives. Find comfort in His love as my wife and I did.

Ainsley Bradbury

October 18, 2020

Sam lived on my hall last year and brought so much light and joy to our 4B family. When I think about Sam, I think about all the times he made me laugh. One of my favorite memories of him is when he asked me to help him "borrow" a couch from a common room for his own dorm room. His stories and actions were always entertaining and brightened each day I spent with him. I will always cherish the memories that I have of him. He was incredibly thoughtful and kind, and I am better for having known him. I will be forever grateful for all that Sam taught me and the ways he impacted my life.

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